LOBBY WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES ON
JANUARY 23, 2024!
What is Surgeons Lobby Day at the Capitol?
The leadership of the Virginia Chapter, ACS believes that it is essential for the Chapter to continue to participate in legislative discussions involving health care delivery in Virginia. To help maintain a vocal presence during the 2024 Session, all members of the VA-ACS are encouraged to join us on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 for Surgeons Lobby Day at the Capitol, which will be held in conjunction with the Medical Society of Virginia. There will be many new legislators in the General Assembly in 2024 so lobbying with us will be especially important!
What's the schedule of events on our lobby day?
The schedule of each lobby day will be as follows:
7:15-7:30 am Check-in at The John Marshall Hotel | Richmond
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast and Strategy Session
8:30-9:00 am Organize groups and travel to building
9:00am-11:00 am Legislative Visits
VA-ACS staff will make appointments for members with their legislators.
How should I prepare for our Lobby Day?
The VA-ACS & MSV will provide backgrounders on key issues. Don't forget to bring your white coat to wear while lobbying and a supply of business cards to hand out to legislators and their aides.
In the meantime, click HERE for a 2024 General Assembly Session Legislative Preview the Medical Society of Virginia has shared with us which highlights anticipated priority issues. Additionally, to view a complete list of bills ACS State Affairs is tracking, visit the online State Legislative Tracker. ACS State Affairs Priority Issues include: Trauma System Funding & Development, Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Testing, Insurance & Administrative Burden, Professional Liability, Criminalization of Physician Care, Access to Surgical Care and Health Equity.
Why should I leave behind my busy practice to come to Richmond to lobby?
As the saying goes, if you're in medicine, you're in politics. Members of the General Assembly need to hear from YOU, their constituents, about how the legislation they're considering will affect the practice of medicine - from setting Medicaid payment rates, protecting Virginia's positive liability climate, to ensuring quality patient care. Speak up, get involved!
To confirm your participation, please register online (https://www.msv.org/advocacy/take-action/lobbyday/)